Walla Walla Valley Wine

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Walla Walla is a wine region within Columbia Valley that straddles both Oregon and Washington. Wine-making began in the mid-1800s, when an influx of pioneers, many of them Italian immigrants, who first settled in the area for the burgeoning fur trade and the Idaho gold rush. Though the commercial wine industry didn’t catch on in the region until the 1950s when the Pesciallo family established Blue Mountain Vineyards, the first in the region since the Prohibition. 

By the 1970s, wine-makers could see the potential for greatness thanks to climate conditions conducive to long growing seasons. The Cascade Mountain forms a natural rain shadow that protects the region, resulting in hot days and cool nights. There are a variety of terroirs extending through the region from the Blue Mountains downward. Glacial melt from the time of the Ice Age has left a deposit of rich, grape-friendly silt in much of the growing region. Walla Walla was granted AVA status in 1984. 
 
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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Mannina Cellars

    Our wines are fermented in small open-top bins and hand punched three times a day in order to ext...

  • Covington Cellars

    Making small quantities of wine from the highest quality fruit is only half of our goal here at C...

  • Adamant Cellars

    Adamant Cellars is a product of a 20-year dream. With my passion for winemaking, my wife Debra an...

  • James Leigh Cellars

    Nowadays the emphasis is on what's new or flashy. we are decidedly old fashioned. Our ultimate go...

  • Gifford-Hirlinger

    Gifford Hirlinger is a small family owned operation that started way back in 2001. It was in tha...

  • Five Star Cellars

    David Huse retired in 1999 and soon found that he needed something to occupy his time. He had alw...

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Walla Walla Valley on Snooth

  • RBA - JW has a good list for Walla Walla.  Here are a few more I would add.  There are so many wineries in Walla Walla that I think you could spend your whole vacation there and not visit them all!Saviah, Rulo, Long Shadows, Dunham, Tertulia, Balboa, Beresan, Waters, Castillo de Feliciana, Spring Valley, Kontos and Skylite.Here are a few that I ... Read More

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  • Tonight we attended the Symphony at The Kennedy Center.  The highlight was Hilary Hahn and her wonderful ability with the violin.  If you ever have a chance to hear her play, by all means get there.  Prior to the symphony, we dined once again at Fiola Mare on the waterfront in Georgetown (a short walk from The Kennedy Center along the Potomac Ri... Read More

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  • I think we need to visit Stags Leap the next time we get down to Napa Valley.  In March we are heading to Washington (Walla Walla) and Oregon (Willamette Valley).  It might be a few years before we return to the San Francisco area, but we do love it there.Today I was much better.  We started out by heading into the district to attend an Opera at... Read More

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  • Welcome Ellen.  My wife Sandra and I enjoy the California reds, the Oregon Pinots and yes, even Virginia wines.  We now belong to 10 wine clubs and so the wine keeps coming throughout the year, along with our separate purchases here and there.  Haven't yet been up to the Finger Lakes region however, but it's on our list.We are heading to Washing... Read More

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  • Pullman ain't exactly Walla Walla Valley. But good explanation about that unfortunate name, Lucha. Strange how many people get all involved in their naming without stepping back and looking at it in a broader perspective. Just had a discussion with an exec at a large securities house over here that got renamed awhile ago 'GMO Securities'. They h... Read More

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  • Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    Excellent wine with earthy tones accenting the rich dark berry fruits, clove and spice. Smooth tannic structure combines with good acidty to an aftertaste that is good and lasting. Paul - 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • MJET - Here's a list of wines that are currently out there (out of ... ... ... Valley "Uriah" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend2013 Peter Franus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon2012 Cadence "Tapteil Vineyard" Red Mountain Bordeaux Blend***2012 Cadence "Ciel du Cheval Vineyard" Red Mountain Bordeaux Blend***2012 Smith-Madrone Spring Mountain Dist... Read More

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  • Basel Cellars Ode To Merriment Columbia Valley 2004

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    Wine review by markmas


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